As Memorial Day approaches and we remember those who lost their lives while serving our country, all of us at Comcast remain grateful to the military community who give so much to us all, our local towns and cities. Together, we share the values of leadership, service, teamwork, and ethics, and we are honored to hire and partner with those who are serving or have served our nation, including military families.
In the Western New England region, which includes Connecticut, Vermont, western Massachusetts and western New Hampshire, our employees are actively engaged in supporting the local military community through partnerships and service projects, such as:
- Holding drives to benefit local food donation centers and to send care packages to service men and women stationed overseas;
- Placing flags for Memorial Day on the graves of soldiers buried in Veterans cemeteries in Agawam, MA, Bennington, VT, Burlington, VT and Middletown, CT;
- Painting and doing general repairs for 2019 Comcast Cares Day at Fowler’s R&R Ranch in Whiting, VT, which aids returning soldiers in their transition to civilian life;
- And landscaping and donating hygiene kits for 2019 Comcast Cares Day at Soldier On, a transitional housing and supportive services organization for veterans in Leeds, MA.
For these efforts and others, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT honored Comcast in 2018 with the Military Community Support Award. The award is given annually to businesses which have gone above and beyond to show support of the region’s men and women in uniform.
As one of America’s most military-friendly employers, we have committed to hire an additional 11,000 veterans, military spouses, and National Guard and Reserve members company wide, bringing our total to 21,000 military hires by the end of 2021. Comcast NBCUniversal has an expansive program to support veterans who are transitioning into the workforce, including peer-to-peer mentorship with other veteran employees, digital and in-person professional development opportunities designed specifically for veteran and military spouse employees, and opportunities to stay engaged with the military through volunteering with local veteran-serving organizations.
Last year, the company announced that our Internet Essentials program expanded eligibility to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast’s service area. The expansion is furthered through nationwide partnerships with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the PsychArmor Institute, two of America’s leading veteran-serving non-profit organizations that help support the creation of veteran-specific digital skills training videos and supplementary materials, which are made available online and delivered in classrooms at Comcast-sponsored computer labs in 10 markets.
More on our company’s commitment to the military community can be found here.